Dan is a 2012 graduate of the University of Illinois, where he competed in track and cross country for 5 seasons. He walked on to the track and cross country teams as a freshman after playing football and running primarily the 800m in high school. He worked his way to becoming a primary contributor for the Illini but never managed to qualify for an NCAA Championship meet during his collegiate career.
After graduation he continued to pursue running post-collegiately as a self-coached solo athlete back in his hometown of Woodstock, IL. Within a year’s time he saw massive personal improvement with a then big personal best of 1:04:08 in June 2013 at the USA Half Marathon Championships in Duluth, MN. He followed that performance up with a 2:18:52 marathon debut in October of 2013 at the Chicago Marathon. Dan qualified for his first ever USA Olympic Marathon Trials in January of 2014, with a 1:04:27 performance at the 2014 USA Half Marathon Championships in Houston, TX.
Dan joined Team Run Eugene in February of 2014 to hone in on his training for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles as well as the 2016 Olympic Track & Field Trials held here in Eugene. He kicked off 2015 with a 45-second personal best and a 14th place finish at the USA Half Marathon Championships clocking 1:03:23.
Hometown: Woodstock, IL
High School: Woodstock HS
3,000m = 8:13.47i
5,000m = 14:02.92
10,000m = 29:04.52
15k = 45:56
Half Marathon = 63:23
Marathon = 2:18:52
- 2016 Olympic Trials Qualifier (Marathon)